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Kavanaugh to Give Senate Calendar Supporting Denial of Allegations

Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 5, 2018. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh plans to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee his calendar from 1982, which supports his claim to have never attended a party like the one Christine Blasey Ford described, the New York Times reported Sunday.

While it does not disprove Ford’s allegations, the calendar indicates that Kavanaugh was away on vacation for much of the summer of 1982 and does not include mention of a small party like the one where he is said to have pinned down Ford and tried to remove her clothing.

Ford claims the assault took place when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, the summer prior to his senior year at Georgetown Prep. During those months, the calendar reportedly lists football workouts, basketball games and movie dates, as well as a number of parties accompanied by names of friends that differ from the attendees Ford listed.

Ford and Kavanaugh are both scheduled to testify Thursday before the Judiciary Committee concerning the allegation.

“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” Ford’s attorney Debra Katz said in a statement Sunday.

Katz has feuded in recent days with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who refused her request to allow multiple witnesses to testify in addition to herself and Kavanaugh.

“They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault,” Katz said in the statement.

“The Committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them,” read a note released by Grassley’s office Sunday. “These are non-negotiable.”

Two people Ford named as having attended the party, Patrick Smyth and  Leland Ingham Keyser, have told the Committee that they do not remember attending the party in question.

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